Psychology

Looking for Meaning in Your Life? There's No App for That.

Dr Aaron Balick | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Aaron Balick

In today's results driven, evidenced based, now-now-now culture, the idea of a 'slow burn' psychotherapy is much maligned. If people have problems, they want them fixed, if people have questions, they want them answered. But what about those problems you can't quite put your finger on?

Oh Do Behave! How to Behave Your Way to the Life You Want With Acceptance and Committed Action

Dr Michael Sinclair | Posted 03.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Michael Sinclair

If we want relationships we have to boldly face the vulnerabilities that come with dating. If we want to excel in the corporate world we have to make room for fears around public speaking. How willing are you to 'behave your way' to the life that really matters to you?

We Can Improve the Lives of People Affected By Autism Through Research

Dr James Cusack | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Dr James Cusack

My hope is that we can now harness this focus towards the furthering of our knowledge of autism through research. We urgently require evidence-based interventions for autism, but yet the standards of research to support interventions fall significantly below that of other medical conditions.

Animals Acting Suspiciously Like Humans

Frontier | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK
Frontier

We've all heard dogs cry or seen monkeys smile and laugh, but there are some skills we thought no other animals had... most of the time, we were wrong. From tools to fire, from clothes to food seasoning, here are some animals which display "human" characteristics.

Today's Psychiatrist

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Dr Mark Silvert

People think that if you are a psychiatrist it means you push medications on people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure some bad apples do. And yes we do prescribe but most of us don't unless we really need to.

Owning the Oneness

Anupriya Dwivedi | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anupriya Dwivedi

I stopped analysing a long time ago if the question was an enviously malicious put-down or a genuine, earnest search for content. Either way the answer is usually, "No one. Just me." And those words fuel me.

Could Being More Spontaneous Change Your Relationship?

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah O'Meara | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The funny thing about falling love is that the act is probably one of the most spontaneous things you’ll ever do in your life. You’ll spontane...

Urinals and "Man Blanking"

Professor Damien Ridge | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Damien Ridge

I acknowledge the annoyance that some of you might have with men. But what I do find interesting in all the irritation directed at the male sex is the shrinking space available for men to just be themselves.

Don't Walk this Way - How Your Steps Tell Psychopaths who to Attack

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

One specific type of body language that reliably distinguishes victims from non-victims is gait. A previous study found prison inmates who had been convicted of sexual assault identified targets as vulnerable because of certain motions within their walk.

The 11 Truths Sufferers of Depression Will Understand (and Others Should Too)

Tayana Simons | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Whilst a rational mind would say sorry to the friend, and forgive themselves, you have a little voice in your ear that tells you that it's because you're a bad friend, employee, or person, and that 'you don't deserve to be happy, ever!'

Five Ways That Mental Illness Changes You (for the Better)

Tayana Simons | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

It's no secret that the public perception of mental illness is unfortunately still pretty negative. A person who has previously suffered with an episode of mental illness can be seen as 'delicate' or 'unstable', even after they have recovered.

Could These 36 Questions Help You Find 'The One'?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Wouldn't it be great if we could skip all those terrible, cringe-worthy dates and find true love in one afternoon? According to psychologist Arthur...

How Can You Keep Your New Year Resolutions?

Lucy Maddox | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Maddox

New Year's Resolutions were originally promises to the Roman God Janus, who looked both backwards and forwards in time. Of all of us who make these promises, research suggests only one in five stick to them.

Satirical Magazine Staff Murdered in Paris - Can Psychology Explain why Satire Provokes Violence?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

When people feel especially threatened, they do tend to respond in a particularly hostile manner. The sense of threat shapes their perceptions, plus explains their reactions.

Why You Won't Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Andy Gibson | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Gibson

Resolutions essentially come into the category of goal-setting. We often make them for things that we have been putting off, such as learning a language or quitting smoking. Quite often they are things for which we have a long-term incentive, like our health or our career prospects, but no reason to do it right now

Is It Really Possible To Have A Happy New Year?

Fearghas Kelly | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fearghas Kelly

Throughout 2007, the psychologist Richard Wiseman tracked over three-thousand people attempting to achieve a wide range of resolutions. Come December 31st, 88% of them had failed; and there is a wealth of juicy scientific and psychological nuggets to explain why.

Three Reasons Why Lawyers Are Miserable

Adele Barlow | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK
Adele Barlow

In my own experience of talking to disillusioned lawyers, I found the greatest challenge was getting them to accept that there might be other professional paths available to them. It was like perfectionism was preventing them from admitting that they might have failed to pick the best career.

Managing Our Minds: The Economic Case for Investment in Mental Health

Sophie Dundovic | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Dundovic

Mental health is an economic problem. It is a problem that this country cannot afford to ignore. While we have made considerable progress in the last decade, mental health continues to be a sensitive issue.

Saving Computer Files 'Frees Up' New Space In Your Brain

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Tech

Saving a computer file appears to improve your human memory, a scientific study suggests. The act of recording something artificially appears to "f...

'Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful' - When Beauty Is Bad for You

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Researchers based at the University of Colorado and the Illinois Institute of Technology have just published a study which examines what they describe as a 'subtle form of sex discrimination', occurring when attractive women are discriminated against in job interviews, because they are pretty.

The Psychology of Terrorist Martyrdom

Sandi Mann | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Sandi Mann

As the UK faces what Theresa May has called its biggest terrorism threat in its history, understanding and recognising who might become a terrorist martyr is of crucial significance. Martyrdom, or the ultimate sacrifice, seems to be a bizarre concept that goes against all psychology theory...

Murder Is Easy

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

How can I teach my children that respect for life, all life is important? Whilst we put women to death for being raped? Whilst we wage war on out-groups? Whilst we kill animals for our own pleasure? Some beings are worthy of life...

Why Might A Woman Want To Marry A Serial Killer?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Marrying someone 54 years older than yourself might raise warning flags for some, let alone if the groom is a convicted serial killer who has already ...

A Psychologist's Confession: I'm Not Interested in What You're Thinking

Karen Pine | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

My lack of interest stems from the fact that what you're thinking has little to do with how you will behave. Sure, what you're thinking will affect how you're feeling. But it will barely connect with what you do. And what I'm really interested in is behaviour.

Virtual Reality Boosts Self-Compassion

Lucy Maddox | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

Psychologists and computer scientists from University College London (UCL) designed a virtual reality experiment in which, by the use of avatars, people could experience the compassion they would show to another, but directed towards themselves.